Agama rueppelli

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Agama rueppelli
Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology - Agama rueppelli.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Agama
A. rueppelli
Binomial name
Agama rueppelli
(Vaillant, 1882)
  • A. r. rueppelli
    Vaillant, 1882
  • A. r. occidentalis
    Parker, 1932
  • A. r. septentrionalis
    Parker, 1932
  • Agama rueppellii [sic]
  • Agama ruppelli [sic]
  • Agama vaillanti

Agama rueppelli, commonly known as the arboreal agama or Rüppell's agama, is a species of lizards in the family Agamidae. The species is endemic to East Africa.


The specific name, rueppelli, and one of the common names, Rüppell's agama, are in honor of German naturalist Eduard Rüppell.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

A. rueppelli is found in eastern Ethiopia, northern Kenya, and Somalia.


A small brown or reddish agama, A. rueppelli may reach a total length (including tail) of 28 centimetres (11 in). It has darker crossbars down the back, with a pale vertebral stripe.[3]


  1. ^ "Agama rueppelli ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Agama rueppelli, p. 229).
  3. ^ Spawls S, Howell KM, Drewes RC (2006). Reptiles and Amphibians of East Africa. Princeton Pocket Guide Series. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 240 pp. ISBN 978-0691128849.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume I. ... Agamidæ. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 436 pp. + Plates I-XXXII. ("Agama rueppellii [sic]", pp. 355–356).
  • Parker HW (1932). "Scientific Results of the Cambridge Expedition to the East African Lakes, 1930-31. 5. Reptiles and Amphibians". Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 38: 213-229.
  • Vaillant L (1882). "Reptiles et Batraciens ". pp. 1–25 + Plates I-III. In: Révoil G (1882). Faune et Flore des Pays Çomalis (Afrique Orientale). Paris: Challanel Ainé. 530 pp. ("Agama ruppelli [sic]", new species, pp. 6–8 + Plate I). (in French).

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